Sunday, December 09, 2012
Steve Harper, the Manchurian Candidate
In the course of but one week Steve Harper deals a massive blow to America's biggest and plainly distressed defence contractor and approves the transfer, to America's biggest geopolitical rival, 300,000 acres of prime Albertan Tar Sands.
This is the same guy who came to power having nary a good word to say about the People's Republic, who seemingly castigated them at every turn. The same guy who supposedly wanted a foreign and military policy in lockstep with Washington. Now it's Steve who's turned.
First word leaks out that Canada is finally going to ditch the Lockheed F-35 joint strike fighter and may, in the process, reveal hard accounting data that other partner buyers may find hard to sell to their own constituents. Steve always said he wanted Canada to punch above its weight. Bingo.
Then, for reasons he never quite explained, Steve approves the Chinese government's takeover of a major Tar Sands player, Nexen. He even sends his backward industry minister to the Sunday morning talk shows only to reveal he can't explain the deal either.
So, what's next? Does Steve dissolve Parliament and convene a Conservative Politburo in its stead?